Madness Becoming A Method

David Krňanský

11.07. – 28.07.13

Our times seem to be a many times overexposed photograph. Layers overlap one another, each becoming less legible. They literally blend and are mutually interconnected, but only through their “own” surfaces. At first sight it may seem there are is no continuity, at least the linear one, giving thus a rise to a perfect environment for expanding chaos, which is a natural state. A similar situation is reflected in art – whether the contemporary or of the past.
In the first half of the 20th century, the Nazi regime labelled modern art as degenerate. In 1937, a magnificent exhibition was opened to the general public in Munich, which went down in art history as Entartete Kunst, meaning Degenerate Art. The exhibition presented about 650 works of art confiscated from German museums. It included works by Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Georg Kolbe, Wilhelm Lehmbruck and many other authors. We could say it was a grandiose exhibition of modernists.
The Madness Becoming a Method exhibition represents a new layer, a current display of this degenerate event of 1937. It is a project that formally researches the remains of the information related to Entartete Kunst diluted in the endless seas of the internet. Sculptures were made on the basis of detailed mapping of photographs that are – in a larger number – only available at the website of the Freie Universität Berlin.
The sculptures speak through their own stories and together as a whole they uncover different layers of the contemporary world, art and also a kind of work of a pseudo archivist.